Man arrested at least 47 times takes another plea deal

October 23, 2018 07:30 AM

There is another plea deal for a man who has a history of pleas and a history of getting in trouble. 

This deal happened very quietly, on the same day our city was dealing with a frantic police chase and shootout. But what Elbert Davis was accused of doing, put our community in danger as well.

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Monroe County Sheriff Todd Baxter says Davis' rap sheet is 80 pages long.

Davis' lawyer disputes that number. Attorney Yousef Taha says it's 47 arrests.

But what News10NBC's investigations found is that Davis' track record is to get arrested, take a plea, serve some time, get out and get arrested again. 

When Rochester Police and sheriff's deputies were chasing a murder suspect through the city back on Oct.10, Elbert Davis was in court taking a plea.

This time he's going to serve three to six years in prison. 

On Aug. 2, the sheriff's office says Davis stole beer from a Mobile gas station in Henrietta. But then, the sheriff says Davis led police on a chase, tore through neighborhoods and almost ran over two Brighton officers. 

Here's what police told News10NBC after it happened. 

David Catholdi, captain of Brighton Police, on Aug. 3: "This started out as a simple petit larceny of beer from a convenience store and nearly wound up with an officer being hurt or killed."

Here's Sheriff Baxter on Davis' rap sheet.

Sheriff Baxter: "80 pages long, the guy has been on parole four different times and violated four different times. This will be his 5th, we hope. Multiple felonies, multiple misdemeanors."

News10NBC reached Davis' ex-wife later in August. 

Veronica Davis, Elbert Davis' ex-wife: "They keep him for two or three years and they let him out. No! No! Because he'll get out and do the same thing over again."

But once again, Davis got offered a plea and took it.

News10NBC wanted to know if this time he'll be sentenced as a persistent felony offender, but the court and the DA declined to say. 

Davis' lawyer declined to talk to News10NBC on camera but gave us this statement:

"Mr. Davis has and continues to accept full responsibility for his actions that led to his arrest, indictment. and subsequent conviction. He is truly remorseful and meant no harm to the citizens of Monroe County or members of law enforcement on the day of his arrest. Sadly, most of his adult life has been a struggle with substance abuse that so many within our community are battling with every day. Unfortunately, his crippling addiction has caused him to make decisions in his life that he regrets, including the day of the incident. He wishes to express his sincerest apology to everyone involved."

Davis is scheduled to be sentenced on Nov. 7. 

News10NBC will be in the court to see if he gets labeled a persistent offender which could keep him locked up for a longer period of time. 


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